After you’ve been going to the gym for 6-12 months consistently, you will likely be able to maintain this habit for the rest of your life. During this 6-12 month period, you would have resumed the routine after some kind of temporary absence from the gym. For example, if you returned to the gym after going on holiday for two weeks or returned to the gym after recovering from illness.


The Importance of Continuous Learning

So once you’ve formed a permanent habit of going to the gym, the next step is to commit to a habit of continuous learning. The learning process shouldn’t stop once you’ve developed a consistent habit of going to the gym. This should be something that you continue with permanently.

When you first go to the gym, you don’t have a choice but to research exercises and workouts. It’s also exciting because it’s a brand-new lifestyle change, so it’s easy to be motivated to spend time studying at this point.

But when you don’t need to research, it can be harder to find the motivation to do it. But this is a vital step if you want to get to the next level in your health and fitness regime.

The research will be more advanced now that you’re familiar with all the basic gym principles and exercises. The reason that research is necessary is that it gives you new things to try out. Two of the biggest challenges that cause people’s gym results to stagnate is familiarity and complacency, both from a psychological and a biological perspective. 

If you’re doing the same workout month after month, you’re not going to feel excited to go to the gym because the novelty of these exercises has worn off. And biologically, your muscles are used to the movement patterns of these exercises now, so they’re not being shocked in the same way they were initially. 

When you research new exercises, techniques, or ways to tweak your exercises to improve them, it adds variety to your workouts. When you step into the gym, you’re going to feel more excited because you’re trying something new. You’re also going to feel more focused because trying something new requires more concentration. 

You’ll be shocking your muscles because they’re engaging in new movement patterns. This will promote muscle growth and release more endorphins, so you’ll feel better after the workout.


Why It’s Important What You Eat

 After six to twelve months of going to the gym, you’ve likely seen some significant improvements in your physique, but the results decelerate as your body becomes acclimatised to working out. The best way to prevent your results from stagnating is by incorporating a nutrition regime into your gym programme. 

The significance of building a good nutrition habit is that it makes you more committed to health and fitness. If you go to the gym four times a week and you’re in there for an hour each time, that’s only four hours out of your entire week, and it’s all confined within the four walls of the gym. When you start focusing on your nutrition, health and fitness become a more significant part of your life. 

It doesn’t have to become a drastic change in what you eat and drink. Even gradual changes in your nutrition will create a shift in the way you think about your lifestyle. You’ll become more conscious about what you’re putting in your body, which helps increase your commitment to the gym. Nutrition and gym work in conjunction, so the more time you spend thinking about nutrition, the more it motivates you to work hard in the gym.

So at this point, it might be removing some of the unhealthy things that you don’t miss. That alone will create visible results for your health and your fitness. But when you pair that with your added levels of effort in the gym, it creates tremendous results.

When you build a consistent gym habit, you’re setting up the foundation for your health and fitness. 


Mind-Muscle Connection

Another strategy that you can use to increase your results in the gym is to develop a strong mind-muscle connection. This term originates with weightlifting but can be used for any area of fitness. In the context of weightlifting, a mind-muscle connection means that you become conscious of the muscles contracting and the range of motion in each repetition. And just in general, this optimises your concentration and focus during the exercises. 

A mind-muscle connection is used in the context of any type of exercise like running or pilates. So any time you dedicate your focus to the current exercise, it’ll lead to optimal results.

When you first start going to the gym, your form for doing the exercises might be okay, but it’s likely that you won’t be executing them with perfect form. It’s easier to tell after six to twelve months because your improvements in your physique slow down. 

During the first six months, you see such drastic changes in your physique, so you don’t get the visual feedback of whether you’re performing an exercise correctly or not. It’s difficult to distinguish between the effect of doing an exercise well and doing it moderately well since your entire body is growing regardless. But after the 6-12 month period, it will be clear to see any workout where you haven’t correctly targeted the muscles in the intended way. 


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